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22 Dec

In 2017, Quilting, Knitting, And Needlepoint Were Hot Trends On The Runways

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Designers have been reacting to political upheaval with lots of art and craft this past year. Besides Jeff Koons’s The Masters collection for Louis Vuitton, there were references to Giuseppe Arcimboldo at Comme des Garçons and to Niki de Saint Phalle at Dior. If you prefer your art on the wall, rather than your body, there were other pieces with homespun charm. The aesthetic that seems to best capture our times is a crumbly one that evokes a grandmother’s handmade sweaters and a camper’s DIY projects. Suddenly, smocking, quilting, knitting, and needlepoint are à la mode.

But these age-old crafts are being practiced in a new way in 2017. By leaving hems unraveled and threads uncut, designers seem to be plugging for authenticity (versus fake news) and drawing attention to the various and traditional hand skills that are part of their training. This come-undone effect is not easy to come by, by the way; take Alexander McQueen’s dresses with Victorian sampler–style embroideries trailing threads or Stella McCartney’s ’70s-channeling macramé-strapped bags. Here, a celebration of the craft of fashion.

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Craft Supplies

Paper at Comme des Garçons Fall 2017; Paint at Faustine Steinmetz 

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Hannah Kim
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